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Public Land Survey Marks
Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.
Expanded Description:
Waymark all Public Land Survey System (PLSS) marks used to define property and public land divisions throughout the world.

There is a new tool for Google Earth for mapping out the PLSS here is the link

PLSS in Google Earth

These are comprised of private survey marks, local government survey marks, boundary poles, private property lines, cairns, rock paint marks, notched boulders, and many more. They can commonly be found defining townships, subdivisions of townships, park boundaries, federal property boundaries, etc.

This category can also include boundary marks and survey marks accomplished by private survey companies used in redefining property lines and construction projects.

If you find a USGS benchmark, then please file it in the US Benchmarks category or other appropriate benchmark category.

More information of survey marks can be found at: PLSS in Wikipedia

Here are pictures and diagrams of what some of these marks look like:

The above plaque is for townshipping. This metal map is divided into 6x6, 1 mile squares; thus the 36 sections of a township. The nail or remaining hole shows you where you are in the township. There is almost always a stone monument near this:

Above is one of the PLSS monuments. In some cases benchmarks have been or are being placed at these stone monuments.

The smallest the plaques will be divided is a 1/16 corner; that is 1/16 of a 1 mile section; or 40 acre corners which equals .250 miles. Private surveyors usually make the smaller ones.

Next to this monument is usually a bearing tree and witness tree (or two witness trees), or even a sign. Scars on the trees will indicate bearing. Here is a witness post:

Here are diagrams of scared trees:

 

There are also several different ways corner marks are represented. These can be chiseled rocks, painted marks, ribbons, wooden posts, cairns, and more:

 

Instructions for Posting a Public Land Survey Marks Waymark:
Post a close up picture of the survey mark. Also post at least one picture of the area giving reference to where the mark is in the immediate area. No GPS photos in the waymark description/photos. Please provide detailed information regarding its location and any specifics of the land it is defining.
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please submit a photo(s) taken by you of your visit to the location (non-copyrighted photos only). GPS photos are also accepted with the location in the background, and old vacation photos are accepted. If you are not able to provide a photo, then please describe your visit or give a story about the visit. If you have additional information about the survey mark which is not listed in the waymark description, please notify the waymark owner to have it added, and please post the information in your visit log.
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Public Land Survey MarksTSW POL 7 - Deschutes County, OR

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Point on Three Sisters Wilderness boundary line, monumented by Armstrong Surveying & Engineering Inc. under Deschutes National Forest Contract No. AG-04GG-C-08-0040, David B. Armstrong in 2008.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/31/2015

last visited: never

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Point on Three Sisters Wilderness boundary line, monumented by Armstrong Surveying & Engineering Inc. under Deschutes National Forest Contract No. AG-04GG-C-08-0040, David B. Armstrong in 2008.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/31/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksTSW POL 9 - Deschutes County, OR

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Point on Three Sisters Wilderness boundary line, monumented by Armstrong Surveying & Engineering Inc. under Deschutes National Forest Contract No. AG-04GG-C-08-0040, David B. Armstrong in 2008

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/30/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT15S R8E S35 36 [T16S R8-1/2E S2] SC COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS standard corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2001; MONUMENT #4 on survey CS14797 filed in the Deschutes County Surveyors Office

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/30/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT15S R8E S36 [T16S R8-1/2E S1] SC 1/4 COR WC - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS witness corner set by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2001; MONUMENT #3 on survey CS14797 filed in the Deschutes County Surveyors Office

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/29/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksT15S R8E S36 R9E S31 [T16S R8-1/2E S1] SC COR - Deschutes County, OR

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PLSS standard corner monumented by USDA-Forest Service, William B. Ham in 2001; MONUMENT #1 on survey CS14797 filed in the Deschutes County Surveyors Office

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/29/2015

last visited: never

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sunken reference at St. Olaf Lutheran Church

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962

location: California

date approved: 8/26/2015

last visited: 8/25/2015

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PLSS section corner monumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, O. Thingvall in 1966; Land Corner Record, T15S R8E E-21

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/23/2015

last visited: never

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PLSS quarter corner monumented by USDI-Bureau of Land Management, O. Thingvall in 1966; Land Corner Record, T15S R8E C-21

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Cooke17513

location: Oregon

date approved: 8/23/2015

last visited: never

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Two aluminum placards on a ponderosa pine tree along the Cerro Blanco hiking trail in the Manzano mountains.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ZenGuru

location: New Mexico

date approved: 8/1/2015

last visited: 7/24/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksKS/MO/OK Tripoint - Missouri Association of County Surveyors Plaque - Joplin, MO

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A plaque that marks the true tripoint, by GPS, of MO, KS, and OK.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Missouri

date approved: 7/26/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksKS/OK/MO Border WPA Monument - Quapaw, OK

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This stone monument was erected in the 30s and was believed to be the true tripoint of MO KS and OK. With recent GPS technology, the true tripoint is actually about 50 feet to the east.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 7/26/2015

last visited: never

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The city platting started here

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 7/4/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T35S R3E S25 S26 S35 S36 Cadastral Survey Disk - Jackson County, OR

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This section corner is located west of Fish Lake Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/2/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T35S R3E S25 S36 R4E S30 S31 Cadastral Survey Disk - Jackson County, OR

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This section corner is located south of Twin Ponds Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/2/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T35S R4E S19 S20 S29 S30 Cadastral Survey Disk - Jackson County, OR

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This section corner is located north of Twincheria Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/2/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksUSDOI/BLM T35S R3E 1/4 S27 S34 Cadastral Survey Disk - Jackson County, OR

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This section corner is located south of Bute Falls Rd in Jackson County, OR.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 6/2/2015

last visited: never

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A newer style disk set in the sidewalk.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/31/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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Set behind a historic marker near a Saloon.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/31/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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A survey mark set along the back of Little Round Top.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/30/2015

last visited: 5/15/2015

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One of many benchmarks along a very poorly paved road just south of Highway 58.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 5/24/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksCALTRANS T10N R4W S30 S29 S31 S32 RCE 18065 Mark - Hinkley, CA

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One of many benchmarks along a very poorly paved road just south of Highway 58.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

location: California

date approved: 5/24/2015

last visited: never

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Public Land Survey MarksTopographic Baseline Monument - Gettysburg National Military Park

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In the Bryan Farm area is an old style survey stone.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/17/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksLong Lane Survey Mark - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A survey mark set in a property corner on the edge of town.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 5/10/2015

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Public Land Survey MarksWainwright Ave Survey Mark - Gettysburg National Military Park

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A survey mark set along a rock wall at the park boundary.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 5/16/2015

last visited: 4/19/2015

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